Picture representing current thematic area

Feedingstuffs Information & Guidance for Approval

You must get approval of your premises if you wish to:

  • manufacture and distribute specified feed additives (SFAs)
  • manufacture and distribute premixtures containing SFAs and/or veterinary medicines
  • manufacture complementary or complete feedingstuffs containing SFAs
  • manufacture complete feedingstuffs containing veterinary medicines.

The requirements are set out in Schedule 5 of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013 (the 'Regulations'), and are therefore collectively referred to as Schedule 5 activities

The VMD inspects and approves businesses carrying out Schedule 5 activities in England, Scotland and Wales. The following guidance applies to those businesses.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has responsibility for approving and inspecting businesses in Northern Ireland. Further information, including application forms and the List of Approved Medicated Feedingstuffs Premises, is available on their website.

Requirements for approval

We will take the following into account when considering whether a business is suitable for approval for a Schedule 5 activity:

  • the security of the building
  • the hygiene of the premises
  • the suitability of the manufacturing/packaging equipment
  • the storage arrangements for the products
  • the competency of the manufacturing operators/distribution staff
  • the availability of appropriate staff facilities
  • record keeping and traceability
  • documentation, including a HACCP Plan for Manufacturers and a HACCP Plan for Distributors.

You can find further information about the requirements for approval to carry out a Schedule 5 activity, including our inspection criteria and risk based inspection policy, in Veterinary Medicine Guidance Note 17 – Medicated Feedingstuffs and Specified Feed Additives.

Making an application

You can download an application form for approval for a Schedule 5 activity from the Applications Page. You can also contact the Inspections Administration Team to ask for a form by telephoning 01932 338375 or 338374 or e-mailing inspections@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk.

There is a fee for an application for approval and for the initial inspection of each premises on which a Schedule 5 activity takes place. There are ongoing annual and inspection fees. The fees are set out in the ‘Fees’ section below.

We will automatically send invoices for fees to the correspondence address you gave us on your original application form. Therefore please ensure that you tell us of any change to this address immediately.

The application and annual fees are not refundable or transferable. You may wish to contact the Inspections Administration Team before applying if you have any queries regarding approval.

Timescales for applications

We aim to process application forms within 10 working days of receiving them. If the application form is not complete, we may need to contact you, which could delay its processing.

We will then carry out an inspection within a further 30 working days.

Approval of premises

Premises will only be approved following a satisfactory inspection. We publish a Register of Approved/Registered Feedingstuffs Manufacturers and Distributors on our website.

Until you have received written confirmation of your premises approval, you must not carry out a Schedule 5 activity.

Manufacturers of feedingstuffs using complementary feedingstuffs containing SFAs

If you manufacture feedingstuffs using complementary feedingstuffs containing SFAs, for feeding to your own animals, you need to be registered rather than approved.

There is no application fee or annual fee for registration. We will enter you into the Register of Approved/Registered Feedingstuffs Manufacturers and Distributors without a prior inspection. However we will inspect you at a later date.

You must comply with the same requirements as approved manufacturers using premixtures containing SFAs, apart from not needing a HACCP plan.

Fees

The fees are:

Category Schedule 5 activity for which approval is required Annual fee Inspection fee Initial application fee
1 An establishment manufacturing a specified feed additive (a) £70 £1810 £1880
2 An establishment manufacturing a premixture £70 £1090 £1160
3 An establishment manufacturing feedingstuffs using specified feed additives and veterinary medicinal products directly at any concentration, or using premixtures or specified feed additive complementary feedingstuffs £70 £1090 £1160
4 An establishment manufacturing feedingstuffs for placing on the market using a veterinary medicinal product or premixture where the concentration of veterinary medicinal product in the feedingstuffs is 2 kg per tonne or more £70 £961 £1031
5 An establishment manufacturing feedingstuffs using premixtures or specified feed additive complementary feedingstuffs containing specified feed additives when the feedingstuffs are to be placed on the market £70 £405 £475
6 An establishment manufacturing feedingstuffs for the manufacturers own use using a veterinary medicinal product or premixture where the concentration of veterinary medicinal product in the feedingstuffs is 2 kg per tonne or more £70 £320 £390
6F An establishment manufacturing feedingstuffs for fish for the manufacturers own use using a veterinary medicinal product or premixture where the concentration of veterinary medicinal product in the feedingstuffs is 2 kg per tonne or more £70 £320 £390
7 An establishment manufacturing feedingstuffs using premixtures containing specified feed additives when the feedingstuffs are to be used by the person manufacturing the feedingstuffs £70 £240 £310
7R As an establishment manufacturing feedingstuffs using complementary feedingstuffs containing specified feed additives, for feeding to the manufacturer’s own animals No Fee No Fee No Fee
8 An establishment distributing specified feed additives, premixtures or feedingstuffs containing specified feed additives, or premixtures or feedingstuffs containing veterinary medicinal products £70 £227 £297

(a) No fee is payable for premises that already have a manufacturing authority relating to veterinary medicinal products for incorporating into feedingstuffs.

Last Updated: 21 January 2013

ISO 27001 Accredited logo Positive about disabled people logo iip logo

The VMD is an executive agency of defra defra logo